nosy

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adjective \ˈnō-zē\
variants: or

nosey

Definition of nosy

nosier

;

nosiest

  1. :  of prying or inquisitive (see inquisitive 2) disposition or quality :  intrusive nosy reporters nosy neighbors

nosily

play \ˈnō-zə-lē\ adverb

nosiness

play \ˈnō-zē-nəs\ noun

Examples of nosy in a Sentence

  1. nosy in-laws asking about our finances

  2. a nosy coworker sat down right next to us as we were having an unmistakably private conversation

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Origin and Etymology of nosy

1nose



NOSY Defined for English Language Learners

nosy

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adjective

Definition of nosy for English Language Learners

  • : wanting to know about other people's lives, problems, etc.


NOSY Defined for Kids

nosy

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adjective \ˈnō-zē\
variants: or

nosey

\ˈnō-zē\

Definition of nosy for Students

nosier

;

nosiest

  1. :  wanting to know about someone else's business nosy neighbors


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